At 26800, Delhi is among top 2 in av­er­age spend per child un­der RTE

RIGHT TO ED­U­CA­TION: But City Lags In Re­im­burs­ing Money To Pvt Schools

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Shradha.Chet­tri Chil­dren en­rolled un­der RTE (2018-19) Based on re­port ‘The Bright Spots’ pre­pared by NGO In­dus Ac­tion

New Delhi: Delhi and Tamil Nadu spent the high­est amount per child per year to en­sure the un­der­priv­i­leged got to study in pri­vate schools un­der the Right to Ed­u­ca­tion Act. In a re­port ti­tled The Bright Spots, NGO In­dus Ac­tion said that Tamil Nadu spent Rs 25,000- 33,000 for the pur­pose for dif­fer­ent classes, while Delhi spent Rs 26,908 on a pri­mary stu­dent and Rs 26,708 for a stu­dent in the up­per pri­mary classes. The low­est spend­ing was by Mad­hya Pradesh at Rs 4,419.

Ten years af­ter the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­vi­sions for ad­mis­sion of eco­nom­i­cally weaker and dis­ad­van­taged sec­tions in pri­vate schools un­der Sec­tion 12 (1)(C) of RTE Act, 2009, 33 states had no­ti­fied the reser­va­tion of 25% seats in pri­vate school for the EWS/DG cat­e­gories. Of them, 17 states have de­clared the amount they spent per child, and only Tamil Nadu and Delhi have spent over 25,000 per child per anS­tates and UTs have no­ti­fied RTE Sec­tion 12 (1) (C). It per­tains to

25% reser­va­tion of eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tion/dis­ad­van­taged cat­e­gory in pri­vate schools. The cost is in­curred by the govt num, said the re­cent re­port.

In Mad­hya Pradesh, pri­vate schools’ par­tic­i­pa­tion rate in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the reser­va­tion was above 99%. It was 69.7% in Delhi and 75.3% in Tamil Nadu.

(avg)

29,000

26,800 The low­est was 12.7% in Kar­nataka, with Ut­tar Pradesh just above it at 23.4%.

How­ever, while the al­lot­ment of funds was high in Tamil Nadu and Delhi, the process of re­im­burs­ing money to

4,419 the pri­vate schools was slower in both the states than in Ra­jasthan. In Delhi, the re­port said, the re­im­burse­ment rate was 54.5% and in Tamil Nadu 39.4%. Ra­jasthan re­ported 100% re­im­burse­ment rate.

The re­port cited schools to say that the re­luc­tance to im­ple­ment the reser­va­tion pol­icy was due to the de­lay in re­im­burse­ment. “A pri­vate school in­curs cost per child, vary­ing on schools’ ex­pen­di­tures and the scales, which are not ac­counted for in the re­im­burse­ment process,” the re­port said.

The rea­son for de­lays in gov­ern­ments not re­leas­ing funds in time, the re­port sur­mised, could be “lack of clar­ity re­gard­ing norms for mak­ing claims and non-sub­mis­sion of sup­port­ing doc­u­ments”. The suc­cess­ful re­im­burse­ment process in Ra­jasthan and Mad­hya Pradesh is at­trib­uted to the cre­ation of sys­tems that pro­vide real time data on ad­mis­sions at the state, dis­trict and block lev­els.

In the decade since the RTE Act was im­ple­mented, over 40 lakh chil­dren have gained ad­mis­sion and are study­ing un­der the pro­vi­sion across In­dia. “Our aim is to have en­rolled one mil­lion un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in pri­vate schools by 2020,” said Traun Cherukuri, founder and CEO, In­dus Ac­tion.

Chil­dren en­rolled un­der RTE in In­dia in 2018-19 States are ad­mit­ting chil­dren un­der RTE TN has the high­est per child cost per an­num Delhi MP Delhi Jhark­hand 14,913 MP has the low­est But re­im­burse­ment rate to schools in Delhi is quite low at 54.5%; Ra­jasthan tops with 100% 11,18,433 1,58,242

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